Green Leaf's cuisine craftsmen chop, slice, and stir-fry traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Diners whet their palates with a pair of crunchy egg rolls before selecting dishes from Green Leaf's menu of 21 chef's specialty entrees to fill out their meal. Morsels of crispy chicken breast march lockstep across a plate of General Tso's chicken, coated in shining hot-sauce armor ($12.95). Sizzling shredded beef nestles next to hot pepper in a warm bed of spinach ($13.95), and Twinkie and Pinkie, a combo of shrimp and scallops ($15.95), fight villainous hunger like a seafood substitute for Batman and Robin. Green Leaf's prompt and friendly staff will also accommodate vegetarian requests.
The cooks at Masala Wok specialize in flavorful, aromatic Hakka-style cuisine, blending together Indian and Chinese culinary techniques. Pan-fried dry chili chicken, Singapore-style hoisin shrimp, and golden-fried cauliflower dumplings are a few popular menu items. Patrons can order carryout or stay to eat in the casual restaurant.
Yellow lanterns sway above a burbling indoor waterfall, whose murmurs mask the sound of keen knives slicing through flanks of fish behind Water Moon’s sushi bar. Inside the bustling kitchen, pinches of spices culled from Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai culinary traditions grace dumplings and spring rolls as thick or glassy noodles entwine with vegetables, duck, seafood, or pork beneath a sprig of leafy herbs. Above the dining room’s black lacquered chairs and curved, orange banquette seating, wallpaper inspired by antique scrolls teems with classical characters and the definitive lyrics to “Louie Louie.”
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
At Thomas Cole Salon, experienced stylists use top-notch products designed by the owner and founder to tame unruly manes into eye-catching coiffures. Services such as a women’s haircut ($95+) or men’s haircut ($50+) can be complemented by a blow-dry ($40+) or men’s hair coloring ($50+). Instead of duct-taping road flares to their heads, beauty seekers can spiff up their cuts with glance-baiting highlights ($150+) or a nourishing Brazilian keratin treatment ($300+) that simultaneously strengthens and softens hair.
The dining room at Turquoise Seafood Restaurant might seem familiar to reality-television fans—last year, the eatery had a cameo on the Bravo program Shahs of Sunset. It’s no wonder the affluent cast was attracted to Turquoise’s elegant new digs, recently updated with arched ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and white leather chairs. The food is just as luxurious: the menu’s crown jewels are large whole fish such as barbounia and dorado royal, which are often grilled, fried, or skewered on a diamond-encrusted scepter.
Those looking for a smaller entree can opt for plates of crispy broiled sea scallops or butterflied jumbo shrimp served over rice. Turquoise’s team of five chefs, who have served in the same kitchen for more than 10 years, give equally considerate treatment to the sides. Long Island Newsday’s Feed Me columnist Marjorie Robins said the “homemade green tahini, baba ganoush, tzatziki, and pickled vegetables . . . don’t get better than this”, and her colleague Peter Gianotti raved that “after a course or two, you’re hooked.”